Troubles reign in northern Spain as the Catalonia region continues to ponder whether or not they should declare independence from Spain. On October 1, there was a referendum on that issue in the region that was marred by violence with the police. The results of the vote were that 90 percent were in favor of independence. However, there was only a 43 percent voter turnout. Sunday saw a massive protest in Barcelona against independence. The number of protesters was estimated around 350,000 people. Organizers of the event claimed there were 950,000 people. Whatever the number, it was an impressive sight. With this happening in Spain, the question is raised: Should Catalonia declare independence from Spain?
Those in favor of independence will argue that Catalonia has a long history of autonomy dating back a thousand years. They will tell you that the government in Madrid is becoming more and more fascist, that their policies have been encroaching on the long tradition of Catalan autonomy which is intolerable and, finally, the simple fact is those supporting independence want their own country.
People against Catalan independence argue that, simply put, Catalonia is completely unready to be its own country. They would need their own currency, they would no longer be part of the EU, and Catalans would no longer be citizens of either Spain or the EU. Others point out that the referendum was an illegal vote, and all the irregularities that came along with it. Plus, the people who are against independence feel that Catalonia is stronger with Spain than it is apart from it.
Should Catalonia declare independence? That is the question of the day. The region has a thousand years of history of running its own affairs. They see Madrid returning to the ways of Francisco Franco and many there want out. On the other hand, you have a great many people who do not wish to leave Spain. They believe this movement is being driven by a minority of people and those people are ignoring the majority.
In this clip, CBS News covers what is going on in Catalonia:
Should Catalonia declare independence? Is it time for a region who has a thousand years of history to become its own nation, or are they trying to tear many of their citizens away from their rightful country?
Catalonia should declare independence
People for independence point out the tradition of autonomy the region has enjoyed. They also point out that Madrid has been, in their opinion, acting more and more fascist. Also, they point to their overwhelming win in the referendum.
‘Now is the time for all good people to come to the aid of Catalan independence’. Otherwise, global fascism ratchets up another notch
— Morgan ❄️ (@CantreBreiniol) October 8, 2017
No, peoples i.e nations, colonies. I support Catalan independence, they are treated wrongly by the state
— nico bellic (@nicobel42535398) October 7, 2017
I mean Spain is a first-world monarchy why would you not support Catalan independence
— dumb (@MDMA_Maguire) October 4, 2017
— Jerry Varson (@JVarson) October 4, 2017
Catalonia should stay part of Spain
People who want Catalonia to remain part of Spain will point out that the region is stronger as part of Spain than apart from it. They talk about how the referendum was an illegal vote, and they say Catalonia is unready to be its own country.
Silent majority screams – not alone. United we stand – Thousands Rally in Barcelona Against Catalan Independence https://t.co/TKvhT9JjBF
— Nacho de Ramon (@NachoDeRamon) October 9, 2017
The Catalan independence movement acts illegally and is not representative of the Spanish population as you can see.
— Carlos López López (@octuplesky) October 9, 2017
"The single strongest argument against Catalan independence at this stage is an utter lack of preparation."
— Комиссар (@Casfetera) October 8, 2017
what do you mean by unionists? I live in barcelona, I’m an artist and like many of my friends, don’t support Catalan independence
— Alex Murray-Leslie (@alxmurrayleslie) October 8, 2017
Do you think Catalonia should become their own nation?